A quarter of the Premier League’s clubs changed their manager this summer with David Moyes, Jose Mourinho, Manuel Pelligrini, Roberto Martinez and Mark Hughes all stepping into new roles. Three of these sides are expected to challenge for the title, so who will feel the pressure first?
The return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea represents a swallowing of the pride for both Roman Abramovich and Mourinho himself. The pair famously fell out six years ago and to reunite in this fashion suggests there could be fireworks again. But both men are six years older and, hopefully wiser, and Mourinho is adored by the Chelsea fans so Mourinho should be sticking around for a while this time. But if the Champions League evades Chelsea and Premier League titles prove hard to come by, how long will Abramovich put up with him?
Chance he will feel the heat: 7/10
The appointment of David Moyes at Manchester United is the most interesting of all the new arrivals. He’s in a job where failure is almost a certainty given that he’s followig in the footsteps of the most successful British manager of all time. But in his farewell speech in May, Sir Alex urged Old Trafford to give Moyes their full support and they surely will. But given their appetite for success, will United be tolerant of anything less than a continuation of the Ferguson era. It’s an interesting one…
Chance he will feel the heat: 5/10
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Manuel Pellegrini comes in to City with a good reputation, and one he is looking to build on in Manchester. He’s acted quickly by bringing in Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, but the loss of Carlos Tevez is a blow, regardless of how troublesome he was. Pellegrini will be tasked with bringing the best out of Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Joe Hart, three of Manchester City’s chief under performers last season, as they look to bring the title back to the Etihad. City’s management are not as cut throat as Chelsea’s for example, and Mancini was given a fair crack of the whip by today’s standards, but Pellegrini knows standards are high at City.
Chance he will feel the heat: 6/10
Roberto Martinez takes over at an Everton side that have been over performing for years. Martinez himself was praised for getting the best out of a limited Wigan side and guided them to FA Cup success over Manchester City, despite eventually succumbing to relegation. Martinez has a tough act to follow in David Moyes but he is a widely respected coach and is at a club where the management are patient with their managers. It would take a pretty disastrous run to put Martinez’s job in jeopardy before some of the others on this list.
Chance he will feel the heat: 4/10
Mark Hughes has a lot to prove at Stoke. Since being sacked by Manchester City – however harsh that was – Hughes’s management career has stood still and many would suggest his record at QPR even tarnished his image. Hughes has been given a lifeline by Stoke, who believe he can take them back to where they were a couple of years ago under Tony Pulis. Both club and manager need this to work, and it could turn ugly quickly if it doesn’t.
Chance he will feel the heat: 8/10